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developing news tonight -- cop killer manhunt. officer shot in a deadly confrontation, the assailant on the run. a university community in fear students being warned to stay inside behind locked doors. arctic blast -- snow hitting several states and look out, the dreaded la country into a deep freeze. mystery device -- being used to break into cars without even touching them. a new warning for drivers, how thieves can make a copy of your keys just by standing near you. and the greatest generation -- returns to pearl harbor, our team is there tonight. tom brokaw on the 75th anniversary of a date which will live in infamy. "nightly news" begins
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, i'm tamryn hall in for lester. we begin in georgia, where a manhunt is under way after a shootout involving police. two officers were shot, one killed. the suspect with a criminal record is now on the loose and tonight, a community is on lockdown as authorities admit ey gunman is. nbc's kerry sanders has the latest. tonight an urgent manhunt under way in americus, georgia, the suspect gunman accused of shooting two police officers. >> this is a very dangerous individual. we need to have him off the streets. >> 9:40 a.m. the officers responded to a dispute at an apartment complex were shots were fired. the officers hit and minguell
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southwest university on lockdown. message sent saying please secure all doors and windows. >> within minutes of the call our campus was on lockdown. >> killed today, officer nicholas ryan smarr. 24 years old, four years on americus police force. the other officer, jo fighting for his life. this has been a deadly year for law enforcement, 63 officers shot and killed in the line of duty. a 66% increase over last year. georgia, among the top five most deadly for those who wear blue. >> it's a tragedy beyond words. it's one of our family members, has been taken from us. >> tonight, police say the suspect was already wanted for kidnapping. his family saying when they saw him today after the shooting, he said he expected police to kill him. kerry sanders, nbc
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caught on camera, today at a high school in nevada. video posted online shows a teenager armed with a knife in a fight with another student. when a campus police officer stepped in and opened fire. the school went into lockdown, and nbc's rehema ellis has the details. >> the dramatic video posted online shows a teenager waving two large knives and lunging at a crowd of students. a second clip shows an armed officer and the same young man on the ground, clutching his neck. >> he just shot the kid. >> we have an all units bdw. with shots fired with a student down at hug high school. >> authorities later confirmed that a teenager was shot by a campus police officer at the school. the student was taken to a nearby hospital, with unknown injuries. according to one student it began when two other male
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outside of the school library. >> it's terrifying to think that we drop our kids off so somebody else can teach them and somebody can just walk on to campus and hurt one of our kids. >> the school was on lockdown for a while and students were told to shelter in place. there were no other injuries. the school police officer involved will be placed on administrative leave. tonight, authorities are asking people with video of the incident to turn it over to police. rehema ellis, nbc news. a very busy day in th transition. early this morning, we learned donald trump has been named "time" magazine's person of the year. and we heard from the president-elect himself, moments after. mr. trump speaking with "the today show" on a range of issues. and throughout the day, a flurry of cabinet picks including another general. this time, to lead homeland security. nbc's halle jackson has it all covered. >> with the transition clock ticking, more picks for the president-elect.
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currently suing it. over power plant emissions regulations. a top transition source tells nbc news scott pruitt has been picked to lead that agency with push-back already from those who fear he'll keep fighting to dismantle president obama's climate change initiatives. less he controversy surrounds another selection, transition sources tell nbc news retired general john kelly will be tapped to head homeland security. kelly spent four ultimately leading u.s. southern command. his son, who also served in the military, was killed in 2010, in afghanistan. to lead the small business administration, former wwe head linda mcmahon. >> you're right, he is scared. >> though trump's wrestlemania days are long behind him, mcmahon was an early supporter of his campaign. all of it adding to an administration filled with multimillionaires and billionaires. including mcmahon, and former generals. including kelly. >> i know more about
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believe me. >> now he's relying on them to fill key roles. three so far, with more in the mix. president bush had four, president obama, five. both men have been named "time" magazine's person of the year. and today, so was trump. four months after calling his candidacy a meltdown. then, total meltdown, now, calling him president of the divided states of america. on the "today show," trump pressed on why he's now sharing that he sold all his stocks this su >> i don't think it's appropriate for me to be owning stocks when i'm making deals for this country that maybe will affect one company positively and one company negatively. >> but one big unresolved question, how will those deals affect his own company? the president-elect says today he wants to avoid conflicts of interest. he plans to explain how at a news conference here next week. tamryn? >> hallie jackson, thank you very much. now for the arctic blast
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yes, it's december, it's supposed to be cold. but just wait for the return of the dreaded polar vortex. nbc's kevin tibbles has the chilling details. >> a treacherous trek across the plains. a second day of snow stalled the morning commute in grand forks, north dakota. closing many schools. nearby minot, a snow-smothered front door makes for a precarious trip outside. more snow in the forecast for idaho, t blamed on old man winter. all part of a frigid arctic front. >> the chilly air that has invaded the plains has made a march across the country. by the weekend, everywhere from minneapolis to dallas to boston, 10 to 20 degrees below average. >> in the last 24 hours, a 23-degree drop in duluth, down 20 degrees in denver and 13 in chicago. >> i was not prepared for this. i just bought these
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chill could just be the beginning. the polar vortex could plunge much of the country in a deeper freeze next week. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. authorities in tennessee say they have charged two juveniles with starting that massive wildfire that killed 14 people in the great smoky mountains and damaged or destroyed over 1700 buildings. the unidentified suspects face aggravated arson charges. authorities say the ongoing and more charges could follow. recovery efforts have now ended at the site of the deadly inferno in oakland, california. the number of people killed stands at 36. from a massive fire at a warehouse last friday. investigators are still examining potential causes. including possible electrical problems. but today they said there's no evidence of arson. 75 years ago today, the course of history was changed when the japanese
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naval base in pearl harbor. drawing the u.s. in world war ii. today our nation marked the 75th anniversary of that day that will live in infamy. though their numbers are now dwindling, dozens of survivors returned to the site today for the commemoration. nbc's miguel almaguer is there for us tonight. ?? >> marking the moment that changed the course of history,
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very shore he watched what no boy should. >> here come these planes. never saw anything like that, with the noise you know, the roar of the planes. and that's where i tell you the 11-year-old boy just grew up all of a sudden. it was fierce, so scared. >> the surprise attack on a sunny sunday morning killed 2,403 americans. propelling the u.s. into world war ii. >> a date which will live in >> jake anderson was killed on the "uss arizona." his twin brother, john, narrowly escaped. he lived until the age of 98. today his ashes will be buried under water, in the remnants of the "arizona" so he can join his brother. in new york city aboard the "intrepid" in san diego on the "midway" and in washington, d.c., at the world war ii memorial, tributes from a nation for those who fought
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the ceremonies here in pearl harbor will continue through the evening, but for those survivors, they say today is not about them, it's about remembering all those who aren't here any more. tamryn? >> miguel, thank you. the attack on pearl harbor would become a defining moment for this country. when brave americans stood up to fight and put their lives on the line. lester holt talks with our tom brokaw about how pearl harbor shaped the greatest generation. >> the japanese have attacked pearl harbor from the air. >> something happened that day, the whole country woke up. and suddenly was producing airplanes and ships. what was it that, that turned america so quickly? >> you know, so much of america had been isolationist before pearl harbor. they didn't want to get involved in european war. that was someone else's war. when that happened, the country became one. they went to war overnight. >> is it typical that they kind
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>> for a lot of them, it was too painful to talk about, quite honestly. you have to remember the survivors at pearl harbor went on to serve the rest of the war on ships and on airplanes and in other areas, they had a long war. they were there at the beginning. now they are beginning to talk about it, it's been permissible for them and their grandchildren and great grandchildren are going to them and saying what happened? what do you remember about that time? >> what's the common thread about the greatest generation, the guys that stormed the beach atma they had survived the depression, they had been through such hard times. were used to sacrifice, they were used to working together, they were used to going without. when they talked about what it was like going through basic training, they said i never had a knew pair of trousers until i got into the army. they had different expectations and they were tougher, frankly. they had a strong sense of this is what we need to do and this is how we're going to get it done.
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we saw some of that after 9/11. people did go enlist. was something missing? >> in so many ways pearl harbor and 9/11 had parallel traits to them. we had some warnings about 9/11. and then it was a shock when it happened. i think what we did not learn from 9/11 is that this is a common obligation that we have. and that we've got to find a way, whoever is our president, to link our arms together and ground. that's what america has always been about. >> lester holt with our tom brokaw. still ahead, it can take just a matter of seconds, a new warning to drivers about a mysterious high-tech device thieves can use to easily break in and steal your car. also, the best man and dog for the job. the store where care of new hires are making
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we're back now with a new warning for drivers about a mysterious device being used to break into cars. without even touching them. thieves are using 21st-century technology to copy your keys just by standing near you, without you ever knowing it's even happening. we get the alert and details in tonight's rossen reports, from national investigative correspondent jeff rossen. >> in california, this suspect is using a mystery device to break into this suv.
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bike. in seattle, another suspect holding his backpack close to the car door, and boom, he's in. and it's happening across the country. but now officials at the national insurance crime bureau say they may have solved the mystery. this device that fits in a small bag could be what thieves are using. showing us how it works. >> we're going to demonstrate this. this is a two-person job, because the device piece and my piece. my producer is going to play the victim. any one of you who park at a mall parking lot. any big parking lot. here's what happened. you and i are going to play the suspects. we come over here and we would be in a parking lot, talking, nothing suspicious. meanwhile, you would park your car and here's what would happen. >> okay, getting out of my car. locking my door like i normally would and just walking away. >> what she doesn't see are suspect trailing behind her with the device. cloning the signal of
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in just seconds. >> i got the green light. i've got a signal from the to be and i'm backing off. >> his device just automatically sent the signal to my smaller device. this device is basically the key to the car. remember, the door is completely locked, when i hold this up to the door. look, i open the door right up. and that's not all with this device, watch this, yes, i just started the car. so now i'm a thief, in your car, driving away within seconds, all because of this little device. this car. our experts using the device to break into and start 17 different makes and models. the alliance of automobile manufacturers telling nbc news, automakers have been working on multiple fronts to address security and then enhance it calling it a top priority. >> what can we do? >> park in a crowded area at least so it lessens the chance. if you see somebody suspicious around there. have second thoughts
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with him. >> at 95 years old, beverly clyde willborn, still owns a race horse. here in his family's stable. he finds peace. 75 years after his life was suddenly plunged into war. willborn was just 20 years old that day, serving aboard the "uss pairland" when the bombing at pearl harbor started. >> battleship maryland on fire. >> you went ahead and done what the fair wasn't there, but you could see what was going on. the bodies in the water. >> he still haunted by what he saw and only recently started talking about the war. that's why the survivor, a decorated navy veteran, never went back to pearl harbor until now. encouraged by his family, willborn is finally returned to hawaii. he makes his way to the heart of
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massive "uss missouri" and all the tributes to those who lost their lives. >> over the years, it just seemed too sad to get here. >> even after 75 years, it's still not easy, is it? >> no. gosh, no. you can't -- get it out of your mind. >> hey, how are you? >> with these veterans now in their 90s or even older, this is considered the last major gathering of pearl harbor survivors. >> it's quite an honor. >> yeah, for me. pacific fleet. >> people talk about once in a lifetime opportunities, this in many ways is a last of a lifetime opportunity. >> so for the admiral, it's important to spend as much time as possible with these humble survivors. >> you woke up the morning of december 7th, just like every day sailors but you retired that night as heroes. >> different generations, bonded by their common service, and unwavering respect. joe fryer, nbc news, honolulu. that will do it
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i'm tamryn hall in for lester. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today" and for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. . [ clock ticking ] time. you only have so much. that's why we wanna make sure you won't have to wait on hold. and you won't have to guess when we'll turn up. because after all...
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